Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir on Tuesday resumed hearing of the Avenfield case against Sharifs wherein Panamagate JIT head Wajid Zia is recording his statement.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar, who have made accused by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the case, have also reached the court.

Qatari Letter

At the last hearing, Zia presented a letter of Qatari Prince Muhammad Bin Jasim al Thani obtained from the Supreme Court in a sealed envelope before the court to match with one of the photocopies of the prince’s letter submitted on March 15 by him. But the letter turned out to be different than the one submitted.

After Maryam and Safdar’s counsel raised objection over the letter, the accountability court refused to accept the letter as an evidence in the case.

Zia also presented several documents, including draft of the agreement held between Al Taufiq Company and Hudabiya Paper Mills, land registry of London flats and Nescol Company.

The court made the land registry of the Nelson and Nescol related to the London flat a part of the judicial record with defence counsels’ objections.

During the hearing, the court observed that documents were not arranged properly and directed Zia to arrange the documents, saying the documents were not being smoothly produced and consuming a lot of time.

Court’s Ruling on JIT Report

The accountability court, last week, partially accepted a plea filed by the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, against submission of entire JIT report in the Avenfield case.

Avenfield case: Maryam’s plea against admissibility of JIT report partially accepted

It is to mention here that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed three interim corruption references regarding London properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Flagship Investment and other offshore companies against former prime minister, his children – Hasan, Hussain and Maryam Nawaz – and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.

The anti-graft watchdog recently filed supplementary references in all three cases – Avenfiled properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Flagship Investment and other offshore companies.